Writing Short for Novel Writers

Writing Short for Novel Writers

  Last post we talked about how writing short articles based upon a longer book-length project can help writers build credits and grow an audience while finishing the book version. Now, let’s talk about how the Russian Nesting Dolls concept applies to fiction, specifically novel writers. Writing Tip for Today: What are some ideas for […]

How to Shorten Longer Writing

How to Shorten Longer Writing

  Last post, we talked about the “Russian Nesting Dolls” strategy of publishing shorter pieces while you finish a longer book-length project. The following applies mostly to nonfiction, but you may be able to shorten fictional scenes to use as anecdotes in an article or essay. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s go through the steps […]

Writing for Your Readers

Writing for Your Readers

Why do we write? Some say to tell stories, others want to inspire, educate or inform. My lifelong goal in writing has been to connect. Connect with my readers so they have a reason to feel that I understand them or that something I write resonates. Writing Tip for Today: What are some tips for […]

Writing Short While Going Long

Writing Short While Going Long

Writing a book-length project takes a lot of planning, effort and time. Especially that time thing. But while you’re slaving away, how can you get your writing (and your name) out there? Here are some easy solutions. Writing Tip for Today:  To maximize your writing’s exposure while you’re working on a book, I use the […]

Banish Those Writing Demons

Banish Those Writing Demons

  I’ve just returned from a long writers conference in the beautiful redwoods of Northern California. I made some great connections, but I noted the disappointment many writers felt as their book “baby” was dismantled or outright rejected. I saw more than one writer who stared in disbelief at the incredible pile of work they […]

What Do You Take to a Writer’s Conference?

What Do You Take to a Writer’s Conference?

In the first part of April, I’ll be at a California Writer’s Conference. Of course, I’m excited to see old friends and meet new ones. But I’ll also be networking. Before I go, I must decide what I’ll be taking with me. Writing Tip for Today: How much and what kind of manuscripts should I […]

Writing Short or Going Long?

Writing Short or Going Long?

Many of my novel writing students take years to produce their polished draft. Others rush the manuscript to self-publishing. Both of these kinds of students face the same problem: How do I get my name known? Writing Tip for Today: How can newer writers gain an audience and build their reputation? Avoid Selling: Engage Isn’t […]

Make Writing Dreams Come True

Make Writing Dreams Come True

I get a lot of newsletters and pitches in my in-box that claim writers can achieve their dreams if only they believe they can. I almost always chuckle. Is that like saying that Florence Foster Jenkins (the real life wanna-be opera singer played by Meryl Streep) could sing like a nightingale all because she thought […]

Writing Roadblocks: How to Get Unstuck

Writing Roadblocks: How to Get Unstuck

A good critique can open your mind to creative solutions and set your writer-self on fire. But not-so-helpful feedback can stall your project or even discourage you from writing at all. Writing Tip for Today: I don’t believe in “writer’s block,” but I know how it feels to be stalled or so discouraged you start […]

How to Hold an Excellent Critique Group Meeting

How to Hold an Excellent Critique Group Meeting

The last two posts have discussed some of the ways writers benefit from good critique, as well as things to watch out for. Today, let’s go through what a good critique session might look like. For the purpose of this post I’m imagining a group of serious writers who seek traditional or self-publication. Writing Tip […]